Issogne Castle

Issogne, Italy

Issogne Castle is one of the most famous manors of the region, and is located on the right bank of the Dora Baltea. As a seigniorial residence of the Renaissance, the Castle has quite a different look from that of the austere Verrès Castle, which is located in Verrès, on the opposite bank of the river.

Issogne Castle is most noteworthy for its fountain in the form of pomegranate tree and its highly decorated portico, a rare example of medieval Alpine painting, with its frescoed cycle of scenes of daily life from the late Middle Ages.

The earliest mention of the castle of Issogne is in a Papal bull issued by Pope Eugene III in 1151. Some walling discovered in the cellars of the current castle may be evidence of a Roman villa, dating from the 1st century BC, on the site.

The castle was restored in the 15th century by Ibleto of Challant. The current appearance developed between 1490 and 1510 under George of Challant, who transformed it into a luxurious residence for his cousin Margaret de La Chambre and her son Philibert. These works transformed Issogne castle into a luxurious Renaissance residence.

After various owners, it was bought by the artist Vittorio Avondo in 1872 who restored it and donated it to the State in 1907. Today the castle belongs to the autonomous Region of Aosta Valley.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Oleg Naumov (2 years ago)
Issogne Castle in fact is the fortified manor house that belonged mighty family of De Chalan. When family was extinguished in XV century new owner of the castle became local bishop. Here you are going to find the cycle of frescoes painted in 1498-1501 by the unknown painter with the scenes of every day life of soldiers, taylors, apothecaries and etc. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light and tripod.
John Tapley (2 years ago)
Only looked around the grounds as wheelchair access was limited to the courtyard only.
Petre-Gabriel Sandu (2 years ago)
Really special castle. Especially for the grafity work you can find on every wall from long ago 1543, 1400' etc
Rocco Affinito (3 years ago)
From the street it seems anything but a castle and you could have the will to come back because it would seem worth chump change from parking lot. Don't go away! Once entered you can see one of the best preserved castle of Valley. And it's huge with a lot of frescoed rooms. 5€ for a guided visit it's the worth of it (free for children with less than 6 years). Very competent guide in Italian language.
Michał Siekierski (3 years ago)
From the outside it doesn't look too attractive. Really. But inside... so many interesting and unique exhibits and wall paintings. Go there if you are interested in history.
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